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How to prevent bronchitis?

Never smoke. Smokers are ten times more likely to die of COPD than non-smokers. Smokers who stop show improvement in lung function. For those who work in certain environments, use of respiratory protection devices such as respirators or filter masks can help prevent the disease. In some cases, it may be necessary for a person to find other employment. Good hygiene can reduce the spread of viral infection. Immunizations against influenza and pertussis can reduce the risk for bacterial bronchitis. Avoiding cigarettes, second-hand smoke, and heavy fumes can hasten recovery, because the lungs’ task of filtering pollutants is made easier. Immunizations against certain types of pneumonia (as well as influenza) are an important preventative measure for anyone with lung or immune system diseases. Many cases of acute bronchitis result from influenza. Getting a yearly flu shot can help protect people from both bronchitis and the flu.

More information on bronchitis

What is bronchitis? - Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or bronchi, that bring air into the lungs. Chronic bronchitis is a sign of serious lung disease.
What is acute bronchitis? - Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection, but can also be caused by a bacterial infection and can heal without complications.
What is chronic bronchitis? - Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi, the main air passages in the lungs, which persists for a long period or repeatedly recurs.
What causes bronchitis? - Bronchitis is usually caused by infection with a virus. Several viruses cause bronchitis, including influenza A and B.
What're the symptoms of bronchitis? - Symptoms of acute bronchitis usually begins with the symptoms of a cold, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and dry cough.
How is bronchitis diagnosed? - Diagnosis of bronchitis is based on observing the patient's symptoms and health history. Arterial blood gases should be monitored.
What's the treatment for bronchitis? - Conventional treatment for acute bronchitis may consist of simple measures such as getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding smoke and fumes.
How to prevent bronchitis? - Good hygiene can reduce the spread of viral infection. Immunizations against influenza and pertussis can reduce the risk for bacterial bronchitis.
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